Filomena's master chef Vittorio Testa was working his culinary magic at Bloomingdale's White Flint black-tie "Salute to Italy" dinner Saturday when the fancy party was suddenly disrupted by dozens of firefighters wearing bright yellow slickers. All those helmeted firefighters caused concern throughout the room as they walked over to Testa, who was grandly flaming lobster in a brandy sauce. They ordered him to stop because the cooking unit was right under a silent-alarm fire detector and the cooking was only a few degrees away from setting off the sprinkler system . . .
It doesn't sound at all like the liberal's liberal, Jane Fonda, yet it was the actress herself who said she was so opposed to pornography that it should be censored. In a interview with the Ladies' Home Journal, she said: "A top priority in this country must be tracking down the money-makers and prosecuting them from here to kingdom come. Otherwise, we'll see the collapse of this nation." Asked about civil libertarian objections, she said, "The Ten Commandments are a form of censorship." Wait until Jerry Falwell hears about this. He might even invite Fonda down to Lynchburg to speak at his church . . .
Hamilton Jordan, former president Jimmy Carter's chief of staff, was released yesterday from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta and is expected to begin outpatient treatment later this week for lymphoma, a tumor of the lymph nodes. He had been admitted to the hospital last Wednesday for tests . . .
At last the Senate has been able to accomplish something concrete. Yesterday it selected the rose as the national flower. And it passed by a voice vote. The late Senate majority leader Everett Dirksen wouldn't have been pleased. He had fought to give the the distinction to the marigold and referred to the rose as "a shrub" . . .
Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor may have a slightly different attitude about Redskins after meeting kicker Mark Moseley. At the black-tie gala opening of "La Cage aux Folles," Moseley noticed that O'Connor was sitting in front of him. At intermission he introduced himself to her and explained later that he had always admired her and had wanted to meet her. He did not make any reference to teammate John Riggins, nor did he ask her to loosen up a bit . . .